Richards Free Library Celebrates Poetry Month

Newport, N.H. — The Richards Free Library, 58 N. Main Street, Newport, is celebrating National Poetry Month on April 24 at 7 p.m.. Bring your favorite poem to read or just come to listen. Everyone is invited. Refreshments will be provided.

At the Richards Free Library on April 28 (at 3:30 p.m.),  Dr. Robert Scott will read and talk about his new book for children, Horatio’s Hometown Hero. The book was written in conjunction with Ambassador Joseph and Augusta Petrone as part of the Inspire Future New Hampshire Heroes program. Admission is free.

The book tells a simple story: To be a hero you do not have to be rich, powerful or beautiful, all you need is a giving heart that cares and shares with others.  “Yes, we all can become a hero,” is the book’s motto.

Sunapee artist shares “A Visual Journey” in CFA show

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“A Visual Journey,” a collection of artwork by Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter, will be on exhibit at the Center for the Arts micro gallery at the New London Inn from February 7 through April 26. The public is invited to meet the artist at the opening reception on Friday, February 7 (5-7 p.m.). Shown here: “View From The Shadows” — a pastel painting by Susan Parmenter.

New London, N.H. –  “A Visual Journey,a collection of oil and pastel paintings by Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter, will be on display at the Center for the Arts micro gallery at the New London Inn, 353 Main Street, New London, from  February 7 through April 26, 2014.

Meet the artist at an opening reception on Friday, February 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

CFA’s “gallery night” will also introduce new art at their micro galleries at Country Houses Real Estate, 370 Main Street, and Zero Celsius Wealth Studio, 228 Main Street. Meet photographer Maureen Rosen at Country Houses and artist John Sirois at Zero Celsius.

A journey of expression

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“Painting and drawing take me on a journey of expression that I cannot achieve with words,” says Susan Parmenter. The CFA exhibition will encompass 10 years of work by the artist, from 2004 to present day. Photo by Joshua Bushueff Photography.

“Painting and drawing take me on a journey of expression that I cannot achieve with words,” says Parmenter. “I create art to share my immediate experience with the viewer, not just the color, light and composition, but the mood, feeling and emotion.”

The show will encompass a decade of Parmenter’s work, from 2004 to present day. Ten years ago, Parmenter re-focused her art career from illustration to fine art painting. The show will reflect her artistic journey, a “journey of expression.”

The exhibition will include both realistic and impressionistic styles of painting. and feature a variety of her favorite subjects—landscapes, portrait and figure, animals, and still life.

About CFA

The Center for the Arts is based in New London and supports and celebrates the cultural richness in the Lake Sunapee Region. Of the many arts it supports, the visual arts are foremost on its agenda and featured at its micro galleries, a summer art show, “Arts On The Green” in July, and a juried regional show in November.

CFA’s micro galleries host rotating shows year round. Openings for these exhibits occur on the first Friday of February, May, August and November.

For more information, visit:

Bluegrass quintet PossumHaw to perform in Sunapee Feb. 7

PossumHawSunapee, N.H. — The Vermont bluegrass and country-folk quintet PossumHaw will perform in Sunapee at the Community Coffeehouse, at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, on Friday, February 7, 2014, from 7 to 9 p.m.  PossumHaw is known for their impressive vocal harmonies, original music and acoustic instrumentation.

Band members include Colby Crehan (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Stephen Waud (mandolin, vocals), Ryan Crehan (banjo, vocals, harmonica), Charley Eiseman (lead guitar, vocals), and Mitch Barron (upright bass, vocals).

The group’s lead singer Colby Crehan was named Vermont Vocalist of the Year, and their song “Road to Mora” was named Vermont Song of the Year.

To listen to clips from their new album, Waiting and Watching, visit www.possumhaw.net

Reviews:

“Crehan is, in this writer’s estimation, a shooting star in the world of bluegrass music…PossumHaw, with Colby Crehan starring, has now entered the top level of Green Mountain bluegrass bands” –Art Edelstein, The Times-Argus, Montpelier, VT

“The vocals of Colby Crehan rival the likes of Rani Arbo and Patti Casey. And the band is right there behind her musically” –George Nostrand, The Rutland Herald, Rutland, VT

“PossumHaw deliver sterling arrangements that are polished to a shine” -Robert Resnik, Seven Days, Burlington, VT

Neptune’s Car to perform in Sunapee Jan. 17

Neptune's Care_Strawberry-Moon-cover-6aSunapee, N.H. — The 2014 music calendar at the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse is packed with Friday night shows this winter. Performances are held at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, from 7 to 9 p.m. Visit the Coffeehouse website for a complete listing.

On January 17, Neptune’s Car, Holly Hanson and Steve Hayes, will bring contemporary folk to the local listening room. The emcee for the evening will pass the hat for the musicians.

Neptune’s Car, an acoustic duo from Massachusetts and New Hampshire, is known for their intimate performance style, carefully crafted lyrics, generous harmony singing, and stellar guitar picking.

In 2010, their song “Lighthouse Keeper” reached Number One on the “Folk-DJ” chart. Their two albums of all-original material have been featured on many “Best Of” lists.

Maverick Magazine gave the duo’s debut album Strawberry Moon four out of five stars and said: “Steve’s guitar playing complements Holly’s vocal perfectly . . . the overall atmosphere created is perfect.”

SCCoffeeHouseOn January 24, Doc Rogers will be on stage at the Coffeehouse. And an open mic will be held on the last Friday of the month, January 31.

For more information including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit: www.sunapeecoffeehouse.org.

Sunapee Coffeehouse to host Christmas/Solstice Concert

Kathy LoweSunapee, N.H. — The Sunapee Community Coffeehouse will host a Christmas/Solstice Concert with Kathy Lowe on Friday, December 20, 2013, at 7 p.m., at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, Sunapee. The performance will include original seasonal carols from Lowe’s CD Wishing You Peace. The evening will include an audience sing-along with music books made available. Al Peterson will emcee the concert and Alan Carruth is the program sponsor.

The Coffeehouse will not meet on December 13 and will take a Christmas break after the concert on December 20. Music resumes on January 10 with a performance by John Fuzek.

SCCoffeeHouseFor Coffeehouse information, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit: SunapeeCoffeehouse.org.

Sunapee artist’s work juried in to N.H. national exhibit: It’s Pastel!

"Sunset Over Mt. Sunapee" by Susan Parmenter

“Sunset Over Mt. Sunapee” – a pastel (7″ x 9″) by Susan Parmenter, Sunapee, will be on display in It’s Pastel, the Fifth Annual National Juried Exhibition of the Pastel Society of New Hampshire in Portsmouth, N.H., from October 26 to November 30, 2013.

Sunapee, N.H. — “Sunset Over Mt. Sunapee,” a pastel painting by Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter captures the brilliant lavender/blue hues of an early evening sky with the mountain in the distance.

The captivating landscape of an open green field and spectacular sky, as seen  from a busy location in New London, brings to mind the old adage: ‘red sky at night, shepherd’s delight.’

“Sunset Over Mt. Sunapee” was juried into It’s Pastel!, a national juried exhibition of the Pastel Society of New Hampshire. The show will be held at the Discover Portsmouth Center Gallery in Portsmouth, N.H., from October 26 through November 30, 2013. The opening reception is October 26, from 4 to 6 p.m.

This is a major juried show with works by pastel artists from New Hampshire and other states.

The event is free and open to the public.

Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter enjoys painting in both mediums of oil or pastel. Favorite subjects are landscape, portrait and figure, still life, animals, birds and nature. Parmenter is shown here completing a painting in pastel, “The Unusual Hat.” Photo by Joshua Bushueff Photography.

Parmenter, who paints in a realist style with oil or pastel, works from her home studio in Sunapee, where she has lived for nearly 30 years.

“Painting and drawing,” says Parmenter “take me on a journey of expression that I cannot achieve with words….Inspiration comes from anything that truly moves me or sparks emotion: light, shadow, color, mood, shape, movement and story.”

You can view Parmenter’s artwork at Tatewell Gallery, New London; Monadnock Fine Art Gallery, Keene; Vermont Artisan Designs, Brattleboro, Vermont; and at Susan Parmenter Fine Art (www.susanparmenter.com).

The Pastel Society of New Hampshire is a non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation of soft pastels as a fine art medium. It also promotes the arts in New Hampshire and fosters connections among pastelists of all levels throughout the region and other states. For more information, go to www.pastelsocietynh.com.

Project Sunapee: Haunted Harbor Halloween is Oct. 26

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Sunapee, N.H. — The Fourth Annual Haunted Harbor Halloween will be held Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m. The community event, sponsored by Project Sunapee, will be held at Sunapee Harbor.

This local Halloween celebration promises some wicked good fun and plenty of treats.

A Rag-a-Muffin Parade starts at the Quack Shack tent at 5 p.m. Awards will go to the Scariest, Funniest, Prettiest, Most Original and Best Group.

There will be Tailgate Trick-or-Treating and all who dare to walk the plank may go aboard the Pirate Ship. Also, you’ll be able to visit the Pumpkin Patch… but watch out for Ghosts Who Just Wanna Dance! Also, tasty morsels will be served up by Rocky Cannoli, ‘Lil Red Baron and Appleseed Catering.

A teller of fortunes, wicked witches coven, sinister graveyard spirits (and ‘things that go bump in the night’) will conjure up a magical, frightful night of fun for all ages! – Haunted Harbor Halloween, Project Sunapee‘s ‘treat’ for the community.

Sunapee’s Harbor House Livery to host arts & crafts show

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An arts and crafts exhibit and sale will be held at the historic Harbor House Livery in Sunapee Harbor Village, on Sunday, October 13,  noon to 4 p.m. Photo of the Sugar River bridge and HHL is by Charlotte Carlson, one of the local participants in the show.

Sunapee, N.H. — Local artisans will show their wares at an arts and crafts exhibit and sale on Sunday, October 13, 2013, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Harbor House Livery in Sunapee Harbor Village.

Participants include League of N.H. Craftsmen members: mixed media artist Cherie DeAugustinis (3-Delusional Art) and fiber artists Joyce Murphy Gale (Unique Ewe) and Marie Wiggins (Harbor Gallery).

Stocker Graniteworks also will be attending with their American Bead Collection.

And showing their latest work will be photographer Charlotte Carlson (notes, totes and prints); Eleanor “Ellie” White, who transforms pashmina into wearable art; spinner and weaver Chris Alexander; wood turner Joe Watts; and Sarah Bocko, with silver and bead jewelry.

Project Sunapee is organizing and sponsoring the event, which will include a video display of the building’s history. Docents will be on hand to share information about the circa 1890 landmark.

For more info, email: info@projectsunapee.org.

Hiroya Tsukamoto to perform at the Sunapee Coffeehouse

hiroya tsukamotoSunapee, N.H. – Japanese guitarist and songwriter Hiroya Tsukamoto will perform at the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse on Friday, October 4, 2013, from 7 to 9 p.m. The Coffeehouse is held at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, Sunapee.

…chops, passion and warmth. Zealously recommended. – Jazz Review.com

Tsukamoto came to the U.S. after receiving a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music. He has performed internationally, appeared at Blue Note in New York and released five albums. His latest album Heartland features elements from several genres expressed in Japanese songs and guitar instrumentals.

Tsukamoto recently performed on Japanese National television.

The Coffeehouse will pass the hat for the musician. Coffeehouse volunteer Judy Thackaberry will emcee the evening. Mountain Spirit Institute is the program sponsor.

For more info, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.sunapeecoffeehouse.org.

Coming to the Sunapee Coffeehouse later in October

October 11: The Twangtown Paramours – Time: 7-9 p.m. Suggested donation $15.
October 18:  Acoustic double-neck guitarist Ian Ethan Case – Time: 7-9 p.m. Suggested donation $15.

Sunapee Coffeehouse kicks off fall season Sept. 13

SCCoffeeHouseSunapee, N.H. — The Sunapee Community Coffeehouse is about to kick off its fall season, which will include performances by nationally known artists Bill Staines (Sept. 20), Buskin & Beateau (Nov. 1), and Rupert Wates (Nov. 15).

The schedule also features a Nashville act, a one of a kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan, and local talent.

“In addition, we are bringing back by popular demand our favorite double-necked guitarist,” emails Tom Daniels in the Coffeehouse release. “If there was ever a time to visit our venue, it is now!”

See the Coffeehouse calendar at sunapeecoffeehouse.org.

Mandeville & RichardsMandeville & Richards on stage Sept. 13

Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards, a folk duo from Massachusetts, perform on Friday, September 13, 2013. The music starts at 7 p.m. at the Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, Sunapee.

Coffeehouse volunteer Judy Thackaberry will emcee. Music & Petreflection Photography, Kathy Lowe Music, is the evening’s sponsor.

40th Annual Apple Pie Crafts Fair

NewportApplePieFair_2011Newport, N.H. — The 40th Annual Apple Pie Crafts Fair will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2013, from 9 to 3 p.m., rain or shine, on the Newport Town Common in Newport, N.H.

The fair features nearly 100 booths of traditional crafts, including pottery, woodworking, blown glass, quilting, fiber arts, and more.

Fair-goers will enjoy live music throughout the day, as well as the famous apple pie sale and contest, and the Newport Firemen’s chicken barbecue.  Adjacent to the Fair, the Richards Free Library’s Library will hold a festival & book sale that features crafts for kids and a cookie walk.

For more information, contact the Library Arts Center. Courtesy photo.

Jazz kicks off summer music at Ben Mere Bandstand

Town's Ben Mere gazebo at Sunapee Harbor

Summer music begins at the Ben Mere Bandstand at Sunapee Harbor on Wednesday, July 3, 7 to 9 p.m.

Sunapee, NH — Summer music at the Ben Mere Bandstand at Sunapee Harbor gets underway Wednesday, July 3, with Bill Wightman & the JOSA (Jazz On a Sunday Afternoon) Ensemble. The town-sponsored Wednesday performances, all 7 to 9 p.m., will continue through August 28.

Here’s a link (via the town website) for a detailed music schedule:

July 3 – Bill Wightman & The JOSA Ensemble
July 10 – Kid Pinky & his Restless Knights
July 17 – N.O.B. (Nick’s Other Band)
July 24 – The Upper Valley Community Band
July 31 – The Mary Maguire Band
August 7 – The East Bay Jazz Ensemble
August 14 – The Flames
August 21 – The Squids
August 28 – Sky Blue Boys



Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals coming to Sunapee Harbor

Lindsay and Her Puppet PalsSunapee, NH — Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals will be performing at Flanders Stage at Sunapee Harbor on Friday, July 5 at 11 a.m. This is a free performance and open to all.

Lindsay brings a huge collection of lovingly handcrafted, life sized hand puppets and marionettes to child and family audiences across New England.

With silly humor, crowd participation, and unique, memorable characters, Lindsay and her pals share charming, positive short stories that delight the young and the young at heart.

For more information, visit www.lindsayspuppetpals.com.

Flanders Stage is an outdoor stage located next to the Wild Goose Country Store, lakeside at Sunapee Harbor.

Richards Free Library hosts an evening with Wesley McNair

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The Richards Free Library in Newport invites the public to an evening with poet and author Wesley McNair on Monday, July 15. Photo by Benjamin Magro.

Newport, NH – The Richards Free Library in Newport, will host an evening with New Hampshire native Wesley McNair on Monday, July 15, 2013, at 7 p.m.

McNair will read from his memoir.

Beginning in poverty and a broken home, McNair went on, through family hardships and setbacks, to become what poet Philip Levine has called “one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry.”

McNair will talk about how he developed into a poet against the odds, incorporating his struggles into his art.

McNair’s latest books are Lovers of the Lost: New and Selected Poetry and The Words I Chose: A Memoir of Family and Poetry. He is the poet laureate of Maine.

Richards Free Library is at 58 N. Main Street. For more information, email: rfl@newport.lib.nh.us.

NH Craftsmen’s Fair celebrates 80th birthday

TRichardFoyRakuDemohe Annual League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair celebrates its 80th birthday this year. From August 3 to 11, 2013, at Mount Sunapee Resort at Mount Sunapee State Park in Newbury, N.H., the fair will feature handmade crafts by more than 350 craftspeople, daily demonstrations, workshops for all ages, and special exhibits and tours. Hours: 10 a.m. to p.m., rain or shine!

For more info including ticket purchases and special lodging packages, visit the League website.

CraftWearExplore the League’s Living With Craft Exhibition, the CraftWear Exhibition of one-of-a-kind handmade fashions and accessories and the Sculpture Garden for outdoor living.

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Photos courtesy of League of NH Craftsmen: Richard Foye giving a raku pot making demonstration, CraftWear, and Sculpture Garden gate.

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